Barangay Igcagay being identified as one of the waterless barangays in the Municipality of Libertad, Antique with a total household of 112 is provided with 2014 Bottom-up Budgeting(BUB) Level II Water System Project amounting to approximately Php1.3M. Small communities often find it difficult to obtain the capital to construct improved water systems. As part of the BUB project implementation, the community was consulted of their needs and Brgy. Igcagay asked for a water system in their barangay funded by BUB.
Punong Barangay Enrique Artucilla said, “Malayo po ang dating pinagkukunan namin ng tubig at hindi po nasusuportahan ang buong barangay kaya humingi po ako ng tulong sa DILG. Laking pasasalamat po ng mga taga Barangay Igcagay kasi napondohan at 25 tap stands ang naipatayo sa iba’t ibang parte ng barangay.” PB Artucilla added that the water project will also extend their water distribution to the neighboring barangays and their local community is expected to have easy access to safe and potable water.
“Sana po sa ating mga barangay officials, mamamayan, at beneficiaries, yung sustainability po ng project, yung patuloy na makapagsilbi ang project na ito ay nasa inyo rin pong mga kamay. Kung aalagaan ninyo, aayusin po ang pagamit ay matagal po na mapagsisilbihan ng project na ito ang inyong community.” DILG RD Anthony Nuyda said during the inauguration of the project.
Another BUB project was implemented in Libertad, Antique and this is the 2015 BUB Construction of Evacuation Center Project amounting to approximately Php 3.2M located in Barangay Union. The evacuation center is designed to serve as temporary dwelling for evacuees in times of disaster and calamities.
Prior to the construction of the evacuation center, residents go to schools to take refuge during typhoons and floods due to its capacity to accommodate large number of people. However, it has affected the operation of schools in the aftermath of disasters. With the completion of the new evacuation center, the residents of Libertad are now assured of a safe and comfortable shelter structurally- designed to withstand calamities.
The spacious evacuation center can accommodate over 100 evacuees with basic amenities such as potable water, electricity, comfort rooms, bedrooms, communal kitchen, dining and laundry area. The structure’s design maximizes natural light and ventilation to reduce the need for electric power which often fails during an emergency.
The two BUB projects were successfully implemented by the local government of Libertad and the local officials have been very supportive throughout the different stages of project management. Both projects were inaugurated with the presence of DILG 6 Regional Director Atty. Anthony C. Nuyda together with the members of the Regional Poverty Reduction Action Team (RPRAT).
“Natutuwa po ako at ang aking mga kasama sa RPRAT, na kami sa national government ay nakatulong din po sa local government at ito po ay naimplement ng maayos sa pamumuno ni Mayor Te,” said DILG RD Nuyda.
RD Nuyda also added, “BUB is a very good program and I hope for the past 5 years, it has been institutionalized, not just the infrastructure projects but the process in budgeting and planning. Sana patuloy pa ring gawin ng ating local na pamahalaan ang participatory government na inaadvocate ng DILG at ng national government offices,”
Municipal Mayor Mary Jean Te thanked the DILG for the BUB- funded projects. She emphasized that the projects have significant role in improving the lives of the people of Libertad. (LGOO II Judy Mae T. Magdato)